Seattle Attorneys Defend Clients Facing Serious Drug Charges
Accomplished advocates handle drug crime cases throughout Washington State
Although Washington State legalized cannabis recreationally, there are still limits pertaining to its possession and cultivation, and if you were arrested for the possession of almost any other drug in Washington, you are probably facing felony charges. At Peale Law Firm Inc. in Seattle, we have over 35 years of experience, including hundreds of jury trials, defending clients charged with the most serious drug crimes. We can also provide valuable guidance about a possible alternative to trial, including a plea agreement or diversion program if we feel that presenting your case before a jury is not likely to give you the best result.
The limitations of legalization
Although some use is no longer criminalized, possession of more than 1 ounce of marijuana without a medical recommendation is still a misdemeanor in Washington State. Possession of more than 40 grams is a felony, as is unlicensed cultivation or distribution, and all are punishable by up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines. In addition, marijuana is still illegal under federal law and treated as a Schedule 1 drug comparable to cocaine or heroin.
Experienced representation for major drug crimes
Depending on the specific drugs and amounts involved, a defendant can be sentenced for up to 10 years for a drug charge, with other drug charges or any related crimes added on. In some circumstances, the judge may have the discretion to order the sentences to be consecutive or concurrent. In addition, sentencing enhancements are added to distribution or manufacturing charges that involve:
- selling to minors
- manufacture or distribution near a public park, playground or school
- possession of a firearm at the time of the offense
The judge’s opinion of a defendant plays a large role in what gets presented at trial and what the final sentence, if there is one, amounts to, and skillful trial advocacy is the best tool available to sway a judge’s opinion. In fact, Washington State allows judges to order alternative sentencing for drug offenders. If you have no history of violent crime or you are a first-time offender, we may be able to convince the judge to sentence you to probation or diversionary treatment, without a conviction.
Contact a knowledgeable Seattle attorney for a free consultation about your drug charges.
At Peale Law Firm Inc. in Seattle, we have extensive experience defending clients accused of drug charges throughout Washington State. We’re available 24 hours a day, so call us at 206-906-9112 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.